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Kamthieng Market

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Kamthieng Market is essentially what you would call a garden centre in the West, with flowers, plants, trees, garden equipment, furniture, decorations and so on for sale.

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This is not the sort of market where foreign visitors flock to pick up bargains, but it is a good candidate as the city’s most picturesque and photogenic market. It's a great spot to wander, even if you don’t want to transport any Thai garden features home with you.

Like your guesthouse? Buy them an orchid. Photo taken in or around Kamthieng Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Like your guesthouse? Buy them an orchid. Photo: Mark Ord

The market is huge—think of an open-air, spread out, flowery Chatuchak—and contains just about any kind of tropical or sub-tropical plant you can think of such as fully grown trees, bedding plants, potted herbs, rare collector orchids, temperate flowers such as roses, plus cacti, lilies and lotuses. Most stalls specialise so you’ll find one with 30 different species of begonia, another with 27 colours of bougainvillea. This is like a pot plant version of a botanical garden and fascinating to peruse even if you don’t list gardening as one of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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